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25 Surprising Real Names Of Your Favorite Rappers

Some of these names made us go 😮!

Most rappers don't go by their given names when they hit the stage, and often for good reason. Somehow chanting Trevor Smith instead of Busta Rhymes just doesn't feel right for the turn-up. 

While some hip-hop icons break the mold by actually using the name their parents gave them, like Kanye West or Tupac Shakur, it doesn't work out that way for many of our favorite MCs. For some hip-hop heavyweights, their alter-egos carry more than just stage presence. Their chosen names may hold sentimental value or represent their brand, and a few have even changed their legal names to their stage personas.

But even some of the most devoted hip-hop fans don't know the real names behind the rappers whose music they love. Some of these names you may already know while others might surprise you. Here's our list of the 25 most surprising name revelations, but for the definitive list of rappers' real names, click through the slideshow down below. 

  • MC Name: Rick Ross
    Real Name: William Leonard Roberts II
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    Real Name: William Leonard Roberts II
  • MC Name: Snoop Dogg
    Real Name: Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr
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    Real Name: Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr
  • MC Name: Busta Rhymes
    Real Name: Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr.
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    Real Name: Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr.
  • MC Name: Dr. Dre
    Real Name: Andre Romelle Young
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    Real Name: Andre Romelle Young
  • MC Name: Missy Elliot
    Real Name: Melissa Arnette
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    Real Name: Melissa Arnette
  • MC Name: 2 Chainz
    Real Name: Tauheed Epps
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    Real Name: Tauheed Epps
  • MC Name: Big Sean
    Real Name: Sean Michael Leonard Anderson
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    Real Name: Sean Michael Leonard Anderson
  • MC Name: Big Boi
    <i></i>Real Name: Antwan Andr&eacute; Patton
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    Real Name: Antwan André Patton
  • MC Name: Bobby Shmurda
    Real Name: Ackquille Jean Pollard
    Real Name: Ackquille Jean Pollard
  • MC Name: A$AP Rocky
    Real Name: Rakim Mayers
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    Real Name: Rakim Mayers
  • MC Name: Lil Jon
    Real Name: Jonathan Mortimer Smith
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    Real Name: Jonathan Mortimer Smith
  • MC Name: Childish Gambino
    Real Name: Donald Glover
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    Real Name: Donald Glover
  • MC Name: Meek Mill
    Real Name: Robert Rihmeek Williams
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    Real Name: Robert Rihmeek Williams
  • MC Name: Nicki Minaj
    Real Name: Onika Maraj
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    Real Name: Onika Maraj
  • MC Name: Future
    Real Name: Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn
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    Real Name: Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn
  • MC Name: Pitbull
    Real Name: Armando Christian P&eacute;rez
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    Real Name: Armando Christian Pérez
  • MC Name: T.I.
    Real Name: Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.
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    Real Name: Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.
  • MC Name: Waka Flocka Flame
    Real Name: Juaqin James Malphurs
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    Real Name: Juaqin James Malphurs
  • MC Name: 50 Cent
    Real Name: Curtis Jackson
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    Real Name: Curtis Jackson
  • MC Name: Wiz Khalifa
    Real Name: Cameron Jibril Thomaz
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    Real Name: Cameron Jibril Thomaz
  • MC Name: Xzibit
    Real Name: Alvin Nathaniel Joiner
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    Real Name: Alvin Nathaniel Joiner
  • MC Name: MC Hammer
    Real Name: Stanley Kirk Burrell
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    Real Name: Stanley Kirk Burrell
  • MC Name: Tyga
    Real Name: Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson
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    Real Name: Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson
  • MC Name: Flo Rida
    Real Name: Tramar Dillard
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    Real Name: Tramar Dillard
  • MC Name: Angel Haze
    Real&nbsp;Name: Raee'n Roes Wilson
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    Real Name: Raee'n Roes Wilson

Correction: A previous version of this story listed “Curtis Jackson” as 50 Cent’s stage name. The story has been updated.

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